Sustainable development and sustainability were first put forward by the United Nation’s World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987. They were part of an agenda to examine and guide the global environment and development. But now sustainability isn’t just political rhetoric-it has become a factor in many fields of studies and business practice.
Stakeholders now demand strong economic performance in addition to organisations being socially and environmentally sustainable as well as adhering to responsible business practices. So it’s not surprising that Corporate Social Responsibility, Business Ethics and Sustainable Management have become important parts of not only an organisation’s strategy, but their day-to-day operations.
The road to sustainability for most businesses is not easy, but we’ve put together a list of ‘go-to’ resources to give your company the edge when it comes to corporate social responsibility. And it’s not just about aiming for the recycling bin next time you throw your crumpled balls of paper.
1) B Lab
This non-profit organisation helps for-profit companies use business as a force for good. Complete an online assessment form, undergo a 90-minute review call and your business could be a B Corp. More than 50,000 companies have taken the online assessment globally. B Lab is based at Clerkenwell Workshops, so pop in.
Founded four years ago, fast-growing global sustainability consultancy, Anthesis, has a fundamental purpose – supporting “better business for a better world”. Anthesis works for clients like Tesco, The North Face and Unite Students, one of the UK’s leading providers of student accommodation. It has 15 offices internationally, with 25 team members based in their London office at The Leather Market.
3) The Crowd
An incubator, tech business and event organiser with a mission to “leave the world a better place than we found it”, how can The Crowd help your business? Via the website, sign up to events on how to make your supply chains more sustainable, read blogs on how brands can better promote their values and watch videos on all things purposeful and sustainable. The Crowd is an “inspiring environment where big business, advisers and NGOs can share their thinking around the solutions.” Over 15,000 people have taken part so far.